CHESHIRE’S Gardens of Distinction will be pulling out all the stops to be showcased at this year’s RHS Tatton flower show which will feature a hermit’s grotto, local luxury car manufacturer Bentley and Cheshire Poet Laureate, Terry Fox.
This is in addition to the International Show Garden: Ness Botanische being designed by Chris Beardshaw who will be constructing the inspiring showpiece at Tatton Park to impress visitors. The attraction is the result of a partnership between Visit Chester & Cheshire, Ness Botanic Gardens and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and will be a key part of a showcase celebrating the legacy of all of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction.
During the show, from Wednesday to Sunday next week, the garden will be surrounded by a wealth of interest and activity, making this year’s gardens even more interactive for show guests, resulting in a multi-sensory experience.
One of the key features will be a stunning ‘hermit’s grotto’ style back-to-back garden designed by Tatton Park’s head gardener Sam Yould. This has been inspired by two areas at Tatton designed to house hermits and is based on the true story of the famous Cheshire hermit John Harris, who, after being thwarted in his attempts to marry one of the Egerton family, went on to live in a cave until his death at the age of 99.
As the only garden to deliver an unusual back to back design as part of its central feature, it is sure to be a talking point of the show and the ‘hermit’ theme continues through a variety of other educational activity taking place during the event.
The garden will be a feast for the ears as well as the eyes, as Cheshire Poet Laureate Terry Fox will be setting poetry in motion.
He will be encouraging children to use their imagination in writing poems and stories about Cheshire hermits, with selected entries to be read out at the show.
Other activities include a special garden feature with Bentley Motors, corn dolly and basket-making organised by Tatton Park and some indulgent spa surprises.
The exhibit will promote Cheshire’s exemplary garden heritage and help showcase Cheshire’s 29 Gardens of Distinction – including Ness Botanic Gardens – that came together last year to deliver the highly-successful ‘Cheshire Year of Gardens 08’ events programme.
The complete garden will be relocated to Ness Gardens after the show and will be opened to the public at Ness in Spring 2010.